Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Finance Officer (FO), Zambia

Project: USAID-funded Community Forests Program (CFP)
Location: Lusaka, Zambia
Duration: 1 year, renewable contract
Reporting To: Project Finance Manager


The Finance Officer (FO) works closely with Finance Manager to ensure that BCP financial management records are compliant with USAID regulations. He is responsible for preparing complete and accurate financial accounts for the organization. He will assist with internal audits and serve as a point of contact for ZRA, NAPSA, ZDA and CRB as requested or assigned.


Prepare Monthly Management Accounts (MA) plus analysis reports for BCP Ltd. These are prepared from the Pastel accounting system.
Assist with preparation and submission of all required administrative and financial project, quarterly, monthly or ad hoc reports related to grants and contracts. These include monthly Liquidation reports and cash advance requests to USAID.
Supervise and provide direction to the Finance Assistant (FA) on accounting policy, double entries and drafting financial reports.
Review and approve inputs (disbursement vouchers, JVs, pastel postings, bank/creditors/debtors reconciliations, fixed asset reports etc.) from the Finance Assistant (FA).
Assist in budget preparation, implementation and administration. In charge of budget variance reporting.
Manage all sub grants, cost share accounting and intercompany transactions.
Ensure adherence to generally accepted accounting standards and principles and USAID and donor rules.
Ensure compliance with statutory obligations relating to PAYE, NAPSA, workers compensation, taxation and other statutory obligations.
Analyze, assess and assist with the contractual and financial aspects and the disbursement/payment grants and subcontracts.

Competencies and Qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree in accounting or finance from an accredited university.
A minimum of three years’ work experience with strong financial reporting and analysis skills and working with computerized accounting packages.
Knowledge of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP)/IFRS.
Knowledge/experience with financial and internal control systems.
Experience in working for USAID-funded programs is preferred.
Exceptional analysis and writing skills.
Attention to detail and ability to solve problems and propose solutions independently.
Familiarity with land and natural resources issues, community development or tourism sector is an advantage.
Supervision experience is an added advantage.


A competitive salary will be offered.

Interested candidates, please send a copy of your CV and a cover letter explaining how you match these requirements by email to:, with “Finance Officer” in the subject line of your mail. Applications are due by 5pm on 28th October 2016.


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